Looking for the perfect cloth training pants? We provide a comparison of popular trainers, plus more information on what to look for when selecting training pants.
Potty training isn't easy, but finding the right cloth training pants can make it easier!
I'm in the midst of potty-training my little boy now, and I've
been searching for the "perfect" trainers... reliable, easy to get on
and off, absorbent enough to hold small accidents, but not so absorbent
that my toddler can't feel wetness. Of course, cute and comfortable are
also big on the wishlist, because my son is old enough to notice these
If you've already had your child in cloth diapers, keep reading to find out why now's not the time to switch over to disposables! If you've been using disposable diapers, cloth training pants may be your first experience in the world of reusable baby products. Never fear - we've pulled together the information you need to understand why you should think about using cloth training pants.
Why Not Disposable Pull-ups?
Pull-ups and other disposable training pants have been designed with super-absorbent polymer chemicals (SAP) that are incredibly good at pulling the moisture away from your baby's bottom. Dry bottoms are the goal for diapering (but you know from experience that cloth diapers can do this just as well!) but when it comes to potty training, it will go much more quickly when your child can experience the uncomfortable sensation of wetness!
This is where cloth training pants come in... you'll want a natural fiber (such as cotton) next to your baby's skin, not wicking materials (fleece, or disposables). Natural fibers feel wet and help your toddler to recognize when they have wet their pants.
For potty-training toddlers, cloth training pants provide the benefit of comfortable and great-fitting underpants, and many have styling similar to big boy or big girl underpants, for an easy transition. Plus cloth is good for the environment.
Cloth Trainers Are Designed to be Functional
Cloth training pants are designed to pull up just like underpants. Many are made with a laminated waterproof outer and may incorporate absorbent material on the inside. Some manufacturers even incorporate a pocket into their design to allow you to customize the absorbency of their training pants.
Many parents have discovered the paradox of modern potty-training - at a time when you most want your toddler to recognize that wet diaper feeling, disposable Pull-Ups mask the wet feel, often setting you back in your training efforts!
How do the Costs Compare?
While quality waterproof trainers (like the brands mentioned below) can set you back $12-17 apiece, this cost will usually not come close to the high expense of disposable training pants over time. As an added benefit, cloth trainers are seldom worn out by one child, so you can use them again for a second child, pass them along to a friend or family member, or sell them second-hand to recoup some of your costs. You can read more about buying used cloth diapers and other diapering products here.
Sew Your Own
If you would like to save some money and know how to sew, you may wish to consider stitching up a few pairs cloth training pants for your little one. I recommend the pocket training pants pattern from Sew Can Do. I've worked with this pattern, and really like the training pants I've made using it. You can check out my trainers and find out more about the pattern here.
While certainly not a comprehensive list, here are a few popular brands
to get you started. If you want to discover more cloth training pant
brands, search for Trainers on a few cloth diaper retailer websites, or
ask visit a local cloth diaper and baby gear store.
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